CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to the Goose Island people for bringing this to Des Moines Brew Fest. Pours a nice hazy pink with some odd perfectly round floaties, berry seeds? Weird yeast? I have no idea. Aroma has some berries, they used blackberries eh? I guess that seems about right, I caught some raspberry in the aroma, along with plenty of funk and oak and a little vinous character. The flavor is dry and sour with a nice fruitiness from the berries, it’s funky and tart and beautiful. I need more of this.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy fishingnet. Reddish pour, creamy white head and thick lacing. Nose is tart, some cider, nice dry hay touch. Lactic, acidic, etc. Flavor is big tart cherries, smooth acidity. Very drinkable.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to fishingnet for this one! Light, tart and fruity. Nose is slightly funky and lactic berries. Flavor is subdued and slightly watery. It is a good flavor, I just wish there were more of it. Sour berries, mostly.
decaturstevo (5458) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light peach/cherry color with lite fizzy head. Sour cherry aroma. A sour dry cherry/berry flavor dominates. A tad thin but still an excellent beer.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Noogfest High 5. Sample from a bottle thanks to unclejedi. Dark caramel orange, thin white head. Aroma is fruity, malt, tart. Taste is fruit, cherries, berries, tartness.
jcwattsrugger (11559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@Noogfest High5-22oz bottle-pours a white ring for a head and hazy amber color. Aroma is light malt, fruit-sour, yeast. Taste is light malt, fruit-sour, yeast, puckering.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark gold with moderate white head. mild sourness and fruity/floral nose. moderate to low carbonation for the style. very little initial bitterness before some floral hops and fruity esters come into play, some brett-tartness, but nothing overwhelming at all. if told of the blackberries i can discern some presence, but overwise I would just consider it part of the hops flavor. not sour enough and not enough depth to the flavor. somewhat disappointing
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Noogfest High 5. The aroma was cloudy dark copper with a near pink colored head. Nose of funk and wood. There was also some raw plant matter, like a pile laying in a greenhouse. The taste was fairly tart with some hay. A sweet finish.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 Re-rate from a tasting at Suttree’s. I liked it much better this time. Deep red with pinkish quick head. The aroma is fruity sourness with plenty of funk and some berry. The flavor is deep lactic sourness with a submerged musty note and some light fruitiness. Some dank cellar notes and a nice dry finish.
[first rating: 6/3/7/3/14] Sampled at Noogfest High 5. Pours cloudy orange with light peach colored head. The aroma is sweet peach, honey, a touch of butterscotch. The flavor is sweet with a bit of a buttery deal that turns me off a bit. There’s a mild sourness throughout. The berries are in there, but not all that well-pronounced. Decent, but not all that great.
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to fishingnet for bringing this outstanding beer to the BA Bolita release. Pours a burnt cloudy copper with bits of fruit seed floating about. Deep raspberry/blackberry aroma. Light acidic notes on the nose. Strong malt backbone with some toffee notes in the beginning before the fruit and sourness comes in. The middle of the beer has a very velvety smooth berry flavor and some slight vinegary sour notes top it off. Fantastic!